The Philadelphia Art Museum (see Sylvester Stallone in Rocky) is an outstanding museum set in a beautiful building right on the Schuylkill River. The permanent collection is varied, with art from all over the world and in different mediums. It's definitely worth a half-day at least.
Adults are $10, Seniors (62+), Students (with I.D.) and kids (13+) are $7, and kids 12 and under are free.
Hours: Tuesday through Sunday 10a- 5p; Wednesday and Friday evenings until 8:45p.; Closed Mondays.
With a splendid location this immense building easily reached by the hop-on hop-off bus, provides great views.
Without time to enter and admire its collection, one of the greatest in USA, we could only appreciate the site, but it deserves the trip, especially if you have time to enter, of course.
Special Exhibits Information: Require advance purchase. You will need to buy tickets in advance and you can do it online. Make sure you choose a time convenient for you, and allow at least an hour to go through the exhibit.
A group of us visited this museum, from "Rocky" fame, on a whim (it was raining and so we opted for this over the zoo). At any rate, while we didn't have the time to do this museum justice, this is definitely one of the nicer art museums I've seen, housing Picasso and all of your other greats, as well as some interesting modern art that will give you an opportunity for interpretation.
Upon first sighting the museum, you may be surprised at its facade, as I was. The coloring is a warm yellow and when you inspect it more cloely you will find Egyptian style columns and motifs. This is not a great picture, as it was a cloudy winter day~check out the website for a better image, and current information!
Established in 1876, the museum opened in 1877. Construction of the current building began in 1919 when Mayor Thomas B. Smith laid the cornerstone in a Masonic ceremony on the former reservoir land of the decommissioned Fairmount Water Works covering ten acres of ground. The Phil. Art Museum describes itself as "one of the largest museums in the United States", and its collections include more than 227,000 objects.
We enjoyed the Strand Photography, Degas exhibit, the cafeteria and coffee shop offered healthy reasonable choices. The gift shops were very impressive.
Hours are 10 to 5 Tuesday to Sunday with late nights Wednesday and Fridays until 8:45. Adult admission is $20 but Wednesday's after 5:00 and the first Sunday of every month are pay what you wish. We have found groupon specials for the museum.
The Art Museum is worth the price of admission just for its world-class art. On Friday evenings, however, there's a bonus for visitors -- live jazz and pop concerts at no additional charge! After several hours of roaming the galleries, relax a little in the Great Hall, either with drinks, dinner (these ARE extra cost), or just sitting down on the stairs. Want a break from the music? Go back into the galleries -- about half (but not all) are still open after 5 pm.
Spend the morning in Old City, the mid-day at Reading Terminal Market, the late afternoon at the Art Museum, and your early evening listening to an intimate concert. It's hard to beat!
Note: smoking is prohibited throughout the Museum, even during jazz concerts.
While glancing a the photos, some may wonder why nobody is sitting against the stones around the steps -- due to safety concerns, that too is prohibited.
The Philadelphia Museum of Art provided my sister and I a day steeped in beauty - we never got to the armor and weapons, but spent the entire day gazing at some of the most beautiful art ever created. One of the best features of the museum is the re-created rooms, from French hotels to Pennsylvania Dutch kitchens. Also, the cafe is fabulous - the day we were there there were African specialties, a cold salad bar, another lovely vegetable bar - everything was very fresh and far from the usual fare. A little pricey, but well worth it. There is also a lovely restaurant. Two gift shops have everything from books to jewelry, including many hand-crafted items. We got there early and parked just outside the back entrance - for free all day!
The Museum of Art, while not quite at the top eschelon of American art musuems, is surely just below it. It is the primary showcase for art in Philadelphia, and one can spend hours to days exploring its many collections. Almost just as popular with tourists are the steps in front of the museum, made famous in the movie 'Rocky'.
1) See Van Gough's Original Sunflowers on display
Who? Anyone who appricates Van Gough or art
Why? Unlike other famous pieces of original work Sunflowers is not croweded with tourists and you will be able to actually photograph yourself next to it
2)Do the Rocky (Run up the steps and get your picture cheering next to his statue)
Who? For any moviefan or just Rocky fan
Why? To say you did it
How? Take SEPTA bus on route 7,32,38,43, or 48
Cost? $16- Adults $12- 13-18 Free- Kids $14- 65+ (first Sunday of the month pay any price)
When? Tues.-Sun. from 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
During my visit - I made the point of visiting the Museum of Art. Friday night is late night opening at the main building.
There was a concert and I enjoyed a light supper when listening to live jazz.
There is a combined ticket and a shuttle bus to nearby annexes.
Who can forget these famous steps from Rocky? Probably my favourite moment in Philly was running up these steps to the Museum of art to get my compulsory pose photo! Plus geat views of Ben Franklin Parkway and the Philadelphia skyline.